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Senate pushes ahead to dismantle State Board of Higher Education

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BISMARCK -- After a third attempt, Senate lawmakers successfully passed a resolution proposing a constitutional change to remove the State Board of Higher Education and replace it with a full-time three-member committee.

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House Concurrent Resolution 3047 passed 25-21 and will be sent to the House for reconsideration.

If approved, the proposal will be put on the 2014 ballot for a statewide vote, which is required because it involves a change to the state constitution.

The constitution names the State Board of Higher Education and chancellor as the decision-making body for the state's 11 public colleges and universities.

But over the years, the board and chancellor have had a rocky relationship with the state Legislature, which approves the budget for the North Dakota University System.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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